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Title

A winged deity

2nd century BCE-1st century BCE

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Standing male figure
    Place where the work was made
    Chandraketugarh West Bengal India
    Period
    Shunga Period circa 200 - 50 BCE → India
    Date
    2nd century BCE-1st century BCE
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    moulded terracotta plaque with applied surface decoration
    Dimensions
    28.0 x 14.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1994
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    590.1994
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    This plaque depicting a standing male figure is possibly a representation of a winged deity, perhaps a gandharva, associated with fertility, marriage and the protection of virgins. He is depicted as an upright figure with a round face, wide eyes and full lips. He wears a distinctive and heavy turban, large wheel-like earrings, bangles on his proper right arm and an elaborately woven lower garment belted with a sash. The sophisticated dress of this richly dressed figure reflects the burgeoning wealth of a very early urban and middle-class society who now had money to spend on art objects and architectural decoration. It would seem that such plaques were made to be hung on a wall, perhaps in a temple.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, March 1995

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    Art of the Past, pre Oct 1994, United States of America